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Which is easily fixable

At the expense of resolution, sure.
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Yeah, I've known about that one, but I'm after a fast prime in that range, not a zoom. tongue.gif

Why? There really aren't any great 14mm primes for Nikon, and there's nothing faster than f/2.8 in the area of that focal length.
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I'd like to start with astrophotography, any tips and tricks? :D

My current camera hardware is a D90 fitted with a AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D. I'm pretty sure that's not a good enough lens to capture the night skies, but I'm willing to pay a bit for a new lens.

Also, I haven't a tripod - any good cheaper ones out there? :D

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Why? There really aren't any great 14mm primes for Nikon, and there's nothing faster than f/2.8 in the area of that focal length.
To capture as much sky as possible. I didn't think I'd have such a relatively narrow angle of view with 35mm (52 on FX/film)... redface.gif It doesn't have to be 14, specifically, anything between 10 and 20. If there isn't anything that's not a fisheye in that range, then I'll look at the 10-24mm or a fisheye. Haven't decided yet.
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The point of my Tokina recommendation is that it's a stop faster than most other ultra wides for crop cameras.
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I'd like to start with astrophotography, any tips and tricks? biggrin.gif
My current camera hardware is a D90 fitted with a AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D. I'm pretty sure that's not a good enough lens to capture the night skies, but I'm willing to pay a bit for a new lens.
Also, I haven't a tripod - any good cheaper ones out there? biggrin.gif

With such a lens you will be limited in exposure time and may not be able to get as much details as you'd want. When I got my camera I did a test with a 50mm f1.8 and made a little timelapse.

This is what I got out of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQbSwlEIkzY

But if you had a EQ mount exposure times could be in minutes with good polar aligning, otherwise a wide angle lens and dark skies work wonders.

I got a basic tripod from my mate and it works good, as long it's all metal and the head is smooth and easy to use it will do the trick.
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The point of my Tokina recommendation is that it's a stop faster than most other ultra wides for crop cameras.
Right. I'm just trying to work through every possibility before deciding.
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OP's been dead from everything. Needless to say, the skies in WV were great! But I couldn't get many good shots, mainly because of my poor camera manipulation skills in 10 degree weather!

We've had some clear nights back in San Antonio, but I've been battling this flu that everyone else around here seems to have too.

I'll get back into it eventually!
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OP's been dead from everything. Needless to say, the skies in WV were great! But I couldn't get many good shots, mainly because of my poor camera manipulation skills in 10 degree weather!

We've had some clear nights back in San Antonio, but I've been battling this flu that everyone else around here seems to have too.

I'll get back into it eventually!

Yup... I've had some nights the past week where I'd LOVE to go out and try some more shots, but I've had my ass kicked. Usually the flu won't do that to me, but a bad strain like the one now will. redface.gif
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Yup... I've had some nights the past week where I'd LOVE to go out and try some more shots, but I've had my ass kicked. Usually the flu won't do that to me, but a bad strain like the one now will. redface.gif

It's been terrible, the cough has developed into minor bronchitis, so I'm always wheezing. Not good!
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taken with a cheap Canon XS (1000D), modified with IR filter removed. Added Light pollution or Ha filter in front of the chip pending the target, some has combo of both data sessions.
Most are ISO1600, 5min to 10 min subs times 2-5hrs worth stacked images:thumb:


HaRGB M8 Lagoon Nebula 185min Final by jsigone, on Flickr


Ha-HaR-GB IC 1396 with Canon by jsigone, on Flickr


NGC 6992 Veil Nebula 13 x 5min iso1600 by jsigone, on Flickr


NGC 7000 and IC 5070 first 2 panels by jsigone, on Flickr


M45 Pleiades 31 x 5 min iso1600 with Canon 1000D by jsigone, on Flickr

My carbon fiber scope, 6" F4.8 and 731mm focal length Mak-newt. Super flat imaging surface, mosaics are easier for sure.

_MG_9668 by jsigone, on Flickr

and the filter used

_MG_9665 by jsigone, on Flickr
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